Happy New Year’s Eve

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A little icing on top for New Year’s Eve…

Yet another incredible lit à la Polonaise…

Same hand-painted walls from yesterday’s post…

Love the mood, swags of fabric, ten foot tall ceilings,

crystal and candle chandelier, and deft mix of blue prints…

The last muddy footprints are being swept from my home…

the random bits of tile, joint compound, primer, pernicious

amounts of dust and debris removed from the rooms and

hallways abutting the master bath.  Frost on the rooftops

but clear and bright and finally left on my own to do the

last bit of de-cluttering and painting and polishing.

Heaven!

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Charming antique wallpaper trimmed trunk…

and a floppy Spring hat…

Looking forward to a bright and shiny New Year for us all!

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If you haven’t guessed by now…I’ve been showing you

photos from Lillian Williams’s Louis XV chateau in Normandy…

photographed by Fritz von der Schulenburg and featured in

World of Interiors in April of 1994…

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Lillian restored the chateau, reproducing 18th century fabrics

such as  “Quinconce” above, that was based on a Ikat like fabric

indigenous to Normandy. Lillian lent many of her antique

fabrics to textile companies for reproduction before, unhappy

with less faithful editing, she created her own…

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These Walker Zanger “Contessa Damask” tiles

have been so appealing to me…

Though I’m normally not big on pattern…

I’m just drawn to their charming exuberance!

Have been considering how I could weave

them into my more staid decor…

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In Lillian Williams’s Swedish style bedroom…

A Laura Ashley sprig fabric on the polonaise and chair.

Lillian painted many walls herself with free form whimsical designs

drawn from surviving antique screens found in the chateau…

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Another free-form wall painted by Lillian…

Her painting tip “If you’re not fast it doesn’t work…

the minute it gets refined it loses its charm”

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I used to love dropping into Lillian’s shop in San Francisco La Ville du Soleil

back in the 80’s…a complete wonderland for the Francophile…

Another shop in New York was called La Vie de Chateâu

Her passion for 18th century France is carried through in the

world she spins in her homes in Normandy and Provence…

down to the details that she carries through herself…

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I’m inspired by someone who lives her passion…

engaging herself even in the small details.

Sometimes its the little details…the little

finds…and the times we roll up our sleeves to

add our own effort that give us the most satisfaction.